Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 11 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Annapurna Treks
Accomodation Hotel in Pokhara and Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
Region Annapurna Region
Distance 110km/68Miles
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration 11 Days
Max. Altitude 4,130m at Annapurna Base Camp
Meals Included Breakfast in a hotel in Pokhara and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
Group size 2 - 30
Nature of Trek Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
Trip Code DWTTK03
Activity Per Day Approx. 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus, Pokhara - Birethanti, Ghandruk Phedi - Pokhara on a private vehicle
Grade Moderate

Majestic ABC Trek Brief Insight

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most beautiful treks on earth that takes you through different climates, diverse landscapes, and culturally enriching villages. From the Annapurna Base Camp, you can witness the stunning views of Fishtail, Hiunchuli, Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho, Pisang, Pungda Danda, in addition to numerous other peaks. Along the way, you will be visiting the famous Poon Hill viewpoint and relaxing in the natural hot water pool at Jhinu Danda.

Highlights of Annapurna Trek in Nepal

  • Tourist hub Pokhara
  • Sunrise views of Annapurna ranges - including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 26,795ft) , Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545m), Nilgiri (7,061m / 23,166ft) from the Poon Hill viewpoint
  • Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)
  • Rich flora and fauna
  • Hot springs at Jhinu Danda
  • Amazing views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South Annapurna I, Khangsar, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare
  • Pretty villages and farmland at Ghandrunk
  • Insight into rural Nepali life

Benefits of ABC Trek with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free airport arrival and departure transfer to/from the hotel on a private transport
  • Free excess luggage storage service during the trek 
  • Pulse oximeters for blood oxygen saturation level monitoring at high altitudes to recognize early signs of altitude sickness and other health risks
  • Medical kit
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets arrangement (if you do not have your own

Comprehensive ABC Trek Package

This trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal that is temperately laborious. Compared to other high-altitude treks, this trek is easier and shorter. Any fit person with little determination can complete this journey. 

During the trek, you will pass through diverse terrain, observe traditional highland culture, and experience different climates. You will also be able to catch spectacular views of the Annapurna range, Macchapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri. 

The ABC Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek because you walk inside the Annapurna Conservation area. Annapurna Sanctuary is home to diverse flora, fauna, and ethnic Gurung and Magar villages, and it sits surrounded by Annapurna ranges. Due to its unique terrain, the sanctuary consists of a flourishing Himalayan ecosystem with drier regions. The region also consists of dainty Thakali villages at the Annapurna range foothills. 

Terraced paddy farms, thick pine, bamboo forests, and tranquility that surrounds you throughout your trek can transport you to another time away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

Your journey to the ABC Trek starts from an early bus to Pokhara from Kathmandu on a tourist bus. Pokhara is the tourist capital of Nepal, and we are sure that you will be impressed by the beauty of Pokhara. From Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft), you can catch great views of many mountains and fantastic lakes.  

The second day begins with a drive from Pokhara via Birethanti (1039m / 3,250ft) to Tikhedunga and real trekking starts from Tikhedhunga, from where we take a trail that passes through paddy fields along the Modi river to reach Ulleri (1,540m / 5,050ft)- the destination for this day.  

The next day's trek takes us to Ghorepani (2,860m / 9,385ft). Ghorepani provides spectacular views of Annapurna massifs, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Dhampas, Nilgiri, Barash Sikhar, and Machhapuchre (Fishtail). 

The fourth day will be a special one, as this day you will be reaching the famous Poon Hill viewpoint itself. To make the most out of Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,525ft), we will wake up early in the morning and hike to Poon Hill to catch the dawn breaking at more than 32 ranges of the Annapurna, along with Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. After soaking in the grand sceneries from Poon Hill, we head to Tadapani (2,630m / 8,630ft) for the night. 

After spending a night at Tadapani, the following morning, we leave Tadapani for Chomrong (2,165m / 7,105ft). The path takes us through Ghandruk that descents to the Kirmron River, and we continue our hike to Chomrong. Chomrong is a popular overnight stop for ABC trekkers.

The following day we will wake up at Chomrong, have our breakfast, and start our trek to Himalaya (2,890m / 9,425ft). The path follows the Chomrong River through a picturesque village and ascends to Modi River Valley until we reach Himalaya for the night.

On the seventh day, we leave Himalaya and hike to the Base Camp. ABC provides mind-blowing views of glaciers, mountain ranges from Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft), Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare. We will be spending our night at the Base Camp itself.

The next day will take us out of Annapurna Sanctuary as we retrace our steps out of Modi River Valley to a serene stop point called Bamboo, where we will stay for the night. The following morning, we leave Bamboo and trek to Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft). Jhinu Danda hosts natural hot springs where we can relax and soothe our tired muscles. 

If everything goes fine, on our tenth day, we leave Jhinu Danda following the Modi Khola to reach Ghandruk Phedi (1,150m / 3,770ft). From Ghandruk Phedi / Siwa, we will drive to Pokhara via Nayapul. This is your last day in the trekking region, and you will be spending a night at a hotel in Pokhara. Early morning the next day, we will return to Kathmandu on a tourist bus.  

ABC trek is not particularly strenuous but still provides you a chance to see the unparalleled natural beauty in the Himalayan (Annapurna) region. 

For those who can push themselves, Discovery World Trekking (DWT) also organizes ABC Treks that can be completed in one week. 

Annapurna Base Camp trek starts with a 6-7 hours bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (approx 200km), but you can fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara for an extra cost. We also recommend our clients arrive in Kathmandu by 3 pm one day before the trip departure date for trip briefing. During the trip briefing, we will set your trek expectations and recheck the gear, equipment, and luggage required for the trip.

ABC Trek Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive to Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft) west of the Kathmandu Valley

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours (205km / 127miles) 6-7hrs

    After an early breakfast, we take a tourist bus (probably a 6-7 hours journey) to Pokhara. On our way, we can see the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers along the green, rocky mountains, rivers connecting each other, and small springs. 

    Pokhara is a beautiful valley known for several lakes - including Phewa and Begnas, and it sits on the laps of Annapurna (8,091m), Machapuchare (6,993m), Dhaulagiri (8,169m), Manaslu (8,156m), and Lamjung Himal (6,983).

    Pokhara is a tourist paradise with all modern amenities providing all comforts. We encourage you to explore Pokhara to experience different cultures and visit various centers of attractions. 

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)
  2. day 2

    Drive From Pokhara to Nayapul /Birethanti /Tikhedhunga (1,570m). Trek to Ulleri (1,540m / 5,050ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours 2hrs
    Trek Distance 7km / 4.34miles
    Highest Altitude 1,540m / 5,050ft
    Trek Duration 3-4 hrs

    After a nourishing breakfast on the banks of Phewa Lake, we take a short drive through the beautiful landscapes and head to Tikhedhunga. The road is quite gentle and passes through Nayapul and then Birethanti. While on the road, you will see stunning terraced farms along the Bhurungdi Khola.

    After Birethanti, it is an offroad drive that takes us to Tikhedunga. The hike starts at Tikhedhunga passes through Sudame and Hile villages, and ends at Ulleri (2073 meters). You will be hiking for about three hours.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Purnima (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Trek from Ulleri (1,540m / 5,050ft) to Ghorepani (2,860m / 9,385ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11km / 6miles
    Highest Altitude 2,860m / 9,385ft
    Trek Duration 3-4 hrs

    Today's trek will be exciting as the trail slowly ascends. From the path, you can savor the views of Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and Hiunchuli snow peaks. As we walk through the rhododendron forest, we can see several wild animals, refreshing springs, and rivers. The path then leads us to Ghorepani, which is a spectacular settlement that lies on a ridgeline.

    The views of the Himalayas from this village are breathtaking allowing heavenly sights of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Tukuche, Dhampus, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Barah Sikhar, Machhapuchhre (commonly known as Fishtail).

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Snow Land (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Early morning hike to Poon Hill viewpoint (3,210m / 10,525ft) , then trek to Tadapani (2,630m / 8,630ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11.50km / 7.1miles
    Highest Altitude 3,210m / 10,525ft
    Trek Duration 4hrs

    If you love sunrises, today is your day. Early in the morning, before sunrise, we ascend Poon Hill just in time to view the sunrise on the Himalayas. From Poon Hill, you can see dawn breaking at more than 32 Annapurna ranges along with Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Machhapuchre mountains. Poon Hill is a famous spot for photography, so we will make the most of our visit to Poon Hill by clicking pictures to our hearts' content. 

    After spending time on Poon Hill, we descend to our lodge, have our breakfast, and start the trek to Tadapni (2,630m / 8,630ft). But to reach Tadapani, we will be passing through Deurali (2960m) and Bandthanti.   

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Grand View Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Trek from Tadapani (2,630m / 8,630ft) to Chomrong (2,165m / 7,105ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10km / 6.2miles
    Highest Altitude 2,165m / 7,105ft)
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    We wake up early in the morning at Tadapani, have our breakfast, and continue our journey to Chomrong (2,165m / 7,105ft). At first, we pass the beautiful Ghandruk Village and then take a steep descent to Kimron River before reaching Chomrong. From the way, you will be able to see mind-blowing views of Annapurna South and Fishtail. 

    Chomrong village lies on the lap of the mighty Annapurna massif and is a popular overnight spot for those ascending to Annapurna Base Camp. 

    • Overnight stay at Panorama View Hotel (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek from Chomrong (2,165m / 7,105ft) to Himalaya (2,890m / 9,425ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12km / 7.4miles
    Highest Altitude 2,890m / 9,425ft
    Trek Duration 6/7 hrs

    Today's trek is going to be a bit longer. We follow the trail down to Chomrong Khola on steep stones, but then the path starts to go up through the bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests. From the trails, you will get to enjoy the views of Machhapuchre and Annapurna snow caps. The way passes Khuldigar village, descends to Bamboo Lodge settlements, and ascends one more time to Himalaya (2,890 m / 9,425ft). 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Himalayan
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Trek from Himalaya (2,890m / 9,425ft) to ABC (4,130m / 13,550ft) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12.5km / 7.7miles
    Highest Altitude 4,130m / 13,550ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    From Himalaya, we will follow a route through the narrow gorge along the Modi Khola Glacier Valley, past more forests. We will also be passing a large overhanging rock known as Hinku Cave and the lodges of Deurali before making it to the entryway of the Annapurna Sanctuary, which ultimately takes us to ABC.

    Throughout the day, we will be walking close by the Annapurna glaciers. On our way, Machhapuchhre Base Camp offers us a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. However, we continue our journey northwest to eventually reach ABC.

    From ABC, we get a 360-degree view of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South to Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft), and Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare. 

    Today's trek takes you close to several huge mountains - including Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Paungda Danda, and numerous other peaks ranging from 6000 to 8000m in elevation. This might be the day, which you will never forget in your entire life due to the sheer beauty of snow-capped mountains that surround you. We will spend the night at the Base Camp.

    • Overnight stay Hotel Paradise Garden Guest House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Trek from ABC (4,130m / 13,550ft) to Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 14km / 8.6miles
    Highest Altitude 4,130m / 13,550ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    After leaving our footprints on ABC, it is time to climb down. We will take a path that takes us out of the Annapurna Sanctuary and out of the Modi River Valley. Eventually, we will make it to our serene stopover point called Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700 ft) - our destination for the day.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Green View
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Trek from Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700ft) to Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft) and nearby natural hot springs

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 2,350m / 7,700ft
    Trek Duration 3-4hrs

    After a long journey from ABC to Bamboo last day, we continue our way towards Jhinu Danda. First, we take a path that takes us down to Kimrong Khola and then ascends through the serene rhododendronbamboo, and oak forests, eventually reaching Jhinu Danda.

    Jhinu Danda consistently attracts thousands of visitors each year as an exotic place famous for its soothing natural hot springs, where we will also let our tired muscles relax. From the hot springs, you can enjoy the views of rhododendron forest and lush vegetation.

    • Overnight stay at Hot Spring Cottage (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Trek from Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft) to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi (1,150m / 3,770ft) and drive to Pokhara (820m) via Nayapul

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 4km / 2.4miles
    Highest Altitude 1,780m / 6,393ft
    Trek Duration 2-3hrs
    Driving hours 2-3hrs

    We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. After leaving Jhinu Danda, we follow the plain dust road along the right of Modi Khola. This part of the trek forms the most relaxing walk of the entire trip. After trekking for about three hours, we will reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi, where we will bid goodbye to the trails and drive through the picturesque countryside to Pokhara. We will be spending the night at Pokhara.

    • Overnight stay at Silver Oaks Inn with an attached bathroom
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)
  11. day 11

    Drive from Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft) to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,450ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving hours 205 km /127 miles) - 6-7hrs

    Early in the morning, we leave Pokhara and head to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. The 200 km route first follows the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli river providing great views of the natural scenery and terraced farmlands. The bus makes one last climb, and we finally arrive at Kathmandu - the exact place where the journey began. Your trip concludes, and we hope that your journey was pleasurable and rewarded you with lifelong memories.

    Later in the day, Discovery World Trekking will be organizing a farewell dinner.

    Note- You can take a 20-minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu at an extra cost.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is included in 11 days Annapurna Tour Package?

  • Transportation for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu on tourist bus
  • Private transportation from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (trek start)and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast (room with attached bathroom) at Silver Oaks Inn in Pokhara
  • Accommodation (total 8 nights): Four nights room with attached bathroom at Ulleri, Ghorepani, Chomrong & Jhinu Danda. Four-night standard room at Tadapani, Himalayan, Annapurna Base Camp, and Bamboo (Generally twin Sharing room)
  • All standard meals (9 lunches, 8 dinners, and 9 breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government licensed Discovery World Trekking experienced trek leader (guide), an assistant trekking guide for 12 or more trekkers. Porters to help trekkers luggage ( 1 porter for two trekkers, max luggage limit per trekker is 9 kg)
  • Guides and porters costs - including meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Water purification tablets
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking certificate of appreciation after successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu
What is excluded?
  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation, meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, bottled water or boiled water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation along with medical coverage
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances outside company control like landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses, which are not listed in "What is included in the 11 days Annapurna Tour Package?" above will be counted as excludes

Official ABC Route Map

Route Map

Equipment list for ABC Tour Package

Depending on the season, you need different gear (clothing) for ABC Trek, but here is a list we have compiled for you. We advise you to bring only the essentials. 

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf

  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat

  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses with UV protection

  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves

  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts

  • Long-sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber

  • Hooded rain jacket

  • Fleece jacket

  • Lightweight cotton pants

  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)

  • Polypropylene underwear

  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)

  • Sweater

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots

  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)

  • Thermal bottle

  • Water purification

  • Trekking pole

  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best for high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant/ floss

  • Biodegradable bar soap

  • Nail clippers

  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money

  • Watch

  • Cell phone

  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit

  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport

  • Notebook and pen

  • Binoculars

Annapurna Trek Difficulty, Cost, Insurance, Safety & Best time

Travel to the Annapurna Base Camp in 2022-2023

The mighty Mt Annapurna massif lies in central Nepal. The ABC is roughly 50 km from Pokhara. 

ABC is one of the most iconic places to visit. National Geographic has even recommended Annapurna Trek as a once-in-a-lifetime experience destination of the world. It is the world's most popular long-trek. 

Discovery World Trekking conducts safe and secure ABC treks. 

You can start the ABC trek with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara or take a 20-minute flight (for additional cost). From Pokhara, we drive to Tikhedhunga, and from Tikhedunga, the real trekking starts. The trekking regions are quite secluded and have few lodges and hotels. Therefore it is necessary to ensure the safety of all trekkers.

Here are some ways Discovery World Trekking conducts safe ABC treks.

  • Our guides have Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training
  • We use high-quality masks, gloves, and sanitizers for everyday use 
  • We cheer your mood up for motivation and encouragement
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience 
  • We recheck food and accommodations for hygiene 

Flight cost is not included in the trip package.

ABC Trek in Nepal

Your Annapurna trek starts from Kathmandu. We will welcome you at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in a private vehicle. However, a day before the trek departure, you will need to come to the Discovery World Trekking office for a trip briefing. 

The following day, we will head to Pokhara. The tourist bus departs around 7 a.m. from Sorakhutte, Kathmandu.

Transportation by tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara is included in the package. You can take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara or use a private vehicle for an additional cost.

Free transfer from Airport to hotel and vice-versa

We offer a complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off service to your preferred hotel. On your arrival, Discovery World Trekking representative will welcome and greet you - at the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be holding a pamphlet with your name on it, and as a welcome gesture, they will gift you either a Marigold garland or a khada. Then, they will take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. Similarly, Discovery World Trekking will transfer you from your hotel to the airport during your return. 

Accommodation during ABC Trek

ABC Trek includes eight nights lodge to lodge stay at trekking regions and two nights stay in a hotel in Pokhara. 

We provide four nights stay in rooms with an attached bathroom at Ulleri, Ghorepani, Chomrong, and Jhinu Danda, and four nights stay in standard rooms at Tadapani, Himalayan, ABC, and Bamboo (Generally twin Sharing room). 

You will spend two nights in Pokhara at a hotel, in a room with an attached bathroom, TV, 24 hours hot water, power, and laundry facility. 

For a solo trekker, we provide a single private room with an attached bathroom wherever available and single private accommodation in other places.

You might need two nights hotel stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek, but it is not included in the package. Kathmandu provides a range of hotels to fit your budget and tastes. 

Hot showers and Wi-Fi are available at hotels/lodges but come with an extra cost.

Food during ABC Trek

ABC Trek takes place in the high Himalayas, so you need plenty of nutritious food. You will get plenty of nourishing food in trek regions, but you will not have as many options as in the cities.

You will get 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 9 dinners during the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are -

Ten breakfasts - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, Vegetables, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Nine lunches - Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Nine dinners - Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Raman, Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc

The menu items in trek regions include - local, Asian, and western cuisine, but as we go up, the menu gets shorter and shorter. 

We highly recommend you eat fresh vegetables and take liquids such as - green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup(must) at high altitudes.

Though plenty of non-veg items will be available in the trekking regions, we recommend you avoid them for hygiene concerns. Moreover, we also encourage you to avoid dairy items, cheese items, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, and hot chocolates. 

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea, coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ Lodges or cafes except standard meals(breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best Time to Hike ABC

Weather is the most decisive factor while trekking to ABC. Though a hike to Base Camp is possible throughout the year, you will get the most comfortable weather and the best views during spring and autumn. However, if you are an adventurous type, you can trek during winter or monsoon.

Discovery World Trekking conducts trek throughout the year. 

Here is a snapshot of weather conditions at high elevations in the ABC regions during different seasons. 

March-May (spring)

Spring (March-May) is one of the most favorable seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. In this season, the climate is mild, the rainfall is quite low, and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperature in the ABC is between 10 to 0°C. Lower trek regions are even warmer.

The temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May. Spring weather is cool, the skies are clear, and you can enjoy the clearest mountain views. Trekking season begins after March and, by April, the trek route looks inviting with red, pink, and white rhododendron flowers. 

June to August (summer)

June to August is summer in Nepal, but it coincides with the monsoon. Though in the high elevations, the temperatures are high, the rain makes the trails wet and slippery. 

The day temperatures at high elevations usually range from 10°C to 23°C and get relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10°C). Mornings are often clear, but the clouds build up in the afternoon and disappear at night. 

During summer, the vegetation blooms and provides lush views that you cannot catch in other seasons.

September to November (autumn)

Autumn (September, October, November), like spring, is a perfect season to trek to the ABC due to moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation.

During this season, the sun shines brightly, the skies are clear, and you get a superb view of the mountains. The night skies are clear as well, allowing you to observe the wonderful night sky.

The monsoons will be over by early September, and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20°C in high altitudes - the nights are colder with temperatures around 5°C.

The greens that grew during the monsoon fade to golden/amber providing a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, and grains start to ripe in the terraced fields. The environment is clean, and the lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal - Dashain & Tihar- also fall during these seasons that let you enjoy the festive mood.

December to February (winter)

Winter (December - February) treks to the ABC are moderately popular. ABC Trek regions are cold during this season, but this excites adventurous trekkers. At the ABC, the temperature can get as low as -10°C.

The coldest time is from December to early February after late February, the weather gradually warms. Daytimes are relatively warm with plenty of sunshine. Despite being cold, the winter skies are usually clear, mountain views are at their best with snowy caps, and the trails are the least busy. It may not be the best trek season for beginners, but experienced trekkers will have no problem.

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and can change quickly.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements for ABC Trekking

ABC Trek is a moderate-grade trek. The hiking is usually 6 to 7 hrs a day, with periodic breaks to soak in the stunning mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and straight roads.

For the ABC hike, past hiking experience would be an added advantage, but you do not need any technical experience or skill. 

Trekkers who can hike at a reasonable pace for 6 to 7 hours with a light day pack can complete this trek. Some days require longer walking hours. So you have to be reasonably fit as trekking at higher altitudes is physically demanding.

The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy trekking. If you are in good health with normal physical fitness, have a positive attitude, and self-confidence, you can complete the trek.

Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

Travel insurance for ABC Trek

ABC Trek takes place at a high altitude, so there is a small chance of altitude sickness and other unforeseen events such as landslides. 

So, travel insurance is compulsory for the ABC trek. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation-inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes. 

We can recommend insurance companies based on our client's experience, but we do not sell life insurance.

All trekkers must send their detailed insurance information to us after trek booking. In case of emergencies, we will use your insurance policy and the other documents for a quick and effective rescue operation.

Please ensure that the insurance company covers the cost incurred for mountain rescue at the highest trek elevations along with medical fees.

We urge our clients to call the insurance provider and make sure they include helicopter rescue and evacuation heights up to 6,000m. Do not simply rely on their website content.

Nepal Tourist Visa

All foreigners except Indians require a valid visa to enter Nepal. You can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport or border entry points. 

For visa application, you need a passport that is valid for at least six months, a passport-size photo, and visa fees. The current visa cost for 30 days is US$50 (to be paid in cash). You can get more visa information at www.immigration.gov.np.

Chinese citizens and citizens of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) get a free visa. 

The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa.

Some countries are not entitled to an on-arrival visa. So if you are a citizen from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan, contact your local Nepalese embassy.

We also recommend our trekkers to add at least 1 or 2 extra days at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay.

Group / Single Treks

We organize a group as well as private treks. The bigger your group size is, the more discount you will get. However, you are not entitled to discounts for groups Discovery World Trekking assembles.  

We can handle all group sizes. Each group will have a trekking guide, and porters (one porter for every two trekkers). We will also provide an assistant guide for a trekking group of 12 or more.  

Travel Responsibly to the ABC

Our philosophy is:
Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.

We are an eco-tour (trek) company. We understand that increased tourist visits in trekking regions may disturb the local environment adversely. So, we try hard not to disturb the environment in the trekking regions.   

Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that benefit the trekkers and the locals in the trekking regions. 

Discovery World Trekking Hiking Team

While trekking to ABC, our qualified and experienced guides/Sherpas accompany you to make your trip full of joy. Porters will be carrying your luggage, and if a group has more than 12 members, we add an assistant guide. 

Our crew members are the local Himalayan people with high physical endurance and can easily live at high altitudes. 

All our staff members are precious to us. In addition to salary, we bear the cost of their insurance, clothing, food, lodging, and equipment throughout the expedition.

All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that our staff members are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy. 

Our staff members have

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Authorized Trekking Guide Training Certificate
  • Fluency speaking English and another major language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity Training
  • Rock climbing experience

Tipping in Nepal

Nepali culture accepts tipping and considers it a sign of providing great service. Tipping is at trekkers' discretion and should reflect service quality. We advise you to tip as a group and at the end of the trip. 

How secure is online booking?

Discovery World Trekking is a Nepal government-authorized, bonded trek and tour operator. 

We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). 

Therefore, you can book the Discovery World Trekking trips in 100% confidence. We require a 10 percent advance to book the trip. Within a week of booking your trip, please send us necessary documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details. 

You can pay through bank transfer, western union, or online directly from our site. You can pay the remaining trip cost after arriving in Nepal in cash, bank transfer, or using your credit card. We will also email you the payment details. 

Last-minute ABC Tour package booking

It is best to book in advance, but for those who aren't able to do so, Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for a last-minute booking. 

In the case of a last-minute booking, you need to make a 100% trip payment 24 hours before the trip departure date. 

We do our best to operate treks at any time. But in case of last-minute booking, we can not be responsible for delay due to circumstances beyond our control such as bad weather and lodging unavailability.

Contact us for more information (Cell/Viber/WhatsApp)  977- 9851054143 (Paul) or email us [email protected] 

Trip Extensions after your ABC Tour

After completing the ABC Trek, if you have extra days in Nepal, we can arrange sightseeing tours in and around Kathmandu Valley. You can also choose to go for a Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, or other treks.

Feedback is Highly Appreciated

After completing ABC trekking, Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After the dinner, the company will present you with a trekking achievement certificate (hard copy). The farewell dinner also provides you a chance to give us your feedback. 

USEFUL INFO

Please Note: The ABC Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. 
Please review your designated departure dates, and if the departure dates do not suit you, contact us, and we will arrange the trip at your convenience.  

Please note that the itinerary listed above may be modified in case of unforeseen events such as bad weather or lodging unavailability. In such cases, your trip leader will create a new itinerary based on the interest of trekking members. 

We look forward to guiding you to the famous viewpoints - Poon Hill and the ABC, through some of the most dazzling landscapes on the planet with the mighty Himalayas in the background.

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1 Pax US$ 870
2 Paxes US$ 610
3 Paxes US$ 580
4 - 6 Paxes US$ 570
7 - 12 Paxes US$ 550
13 - 18 Paxes US$ 525
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ABC Hike Company Reviews

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Alice
5 - Excellent
11/02/2018

Having recently returned to Minnesota from Nepal I must say this Trek was the experience of a lifetime! Paul was very good at answering questions promptly before we left. Our guides picked us up from the airport and brought us to the hotel even though the trek was still days away. We met with Paul to cover the details of the trek beforehand (and also I think to assess our fitness level since there were 5 family members ages between the late ’40s to mid-’60s), it was pretty thorough. Our guides Simbir and Maniss led us from the hotel to the tourist bus and all throughout the trek and back so that we never had to worry about transportation. On the trek, they were very attentive to our needs, one in the front of the group and one in the rear, by me! They booked all our rooms and took all our food orders, even supplying apples and pomegranate seeds after meals. The food really exceeded our expectations. They also carried snacks for us and made a special chili sauce for us to enjoy. There were times when the hills and the heat were really challenging for us and Simbir would offer to carry our day packs and extra water to lighten the load.


 Alice and team are at Annapurna Base Camp(4,130m)
I also really enjoyed their enthusiasm, you could tell they love the scenery as much as we did. Annapurna base camp was amazingly beautiful, make sure to venture out at night. Simbir has a nice camera and took many photos of us on the trek, including some great group shots! We had 3 wonderful porters; Manchit, Kul, and Umesh. I was glad to know that DWT has weight limits for their porters, it was important to us that they were treated well. The entire company is from the Gurung region and are like family. A few suggestions I would make: The bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara was supposed to be 6-7 hours but it was 9 3/4 hours and the roads are bad. You might want to not do that both ways. On the way back we decided to fly, it was a beautiful 25-minute flight on Yeti airlines and Simbir and Paul made all the arrangements. $120 well spent. I’m not sure it’s possible, but if we could have trekked shorter distances each day and stretched the trip to 9 or 10 days, it would have been more enjoyable for us. I think most people that do the trek are younger than us and recover easier. The guest house accommodations get tighter as you approach the base camp. We always had a place to stay and a comfortable bed with a warm comforter, but some nights we needed to share a room, among our party of five. Overall it was an amazing experience and accomplishment and I would recommend Discovery World Trekking to anyone planning to go to Nepal.

“Best way to see the Annapurna circuit, will definitely be back!”

Adam James Spe
5 - Excellent
12/29/2013

On arrival in Kathmandu it is very overwhelming as there are so many agents to choose from. Discovery World Trekking stood out for me with their professional setup and this standard was applied and maintained throughout all aspects of my trip with them. They cater to your personal level and wants and will customise your trip around all of these. Thank you for the great experience I will definitely be back again!

Annapurna Base Camp trek

imgoens
5 - Excellent
07/12/2019

I had the most amazing experience with Discovery! ABC was beautiful! Our guide, Dol, was very experienced and wise. Our porters, Amrit, Ganesh and Gakul, were so helpful, kind and great fun. Dol ensured we were always well fed and in comfy accommodation! I would highly recommend discovery to a friend!

FAQ’s

Is ABC Trek difficult?

It might come as a surprise but the answer is no, basically you do not need any ropes or ice picks. Furthermore, you almost will never have vertical climbing.  As long as you are fairly fit, can hike for 5-6 hours a day at a decent pace, and trek/hike a few uphills, reaching ABC is relatively easier than Everest Base Camp.

How safe is ABC Trek?

ABC trek is easy and safe. Discovery World Trekking ensures safety by carrying all necessary gears, first aid kits and employing professionals with extensive first aid training. 

What is the best month to trek to ABC?

For an easy hike and great views, you need to trek during spring (March to June) and fall (September to November). The summer month coincides with Monsoon, so the trails may be wet and slippery while the winter is cold. But some trekkers seek challenges, so they do trek in summer and winter.

Discovery World Trekking conducts ABC treks throughout the year.

How long is ABC Trek distance & how much will we be hiking on a regular day?

On a regular day, you are expected to hike for about 5-7 hours at a decent pace. However, we will be taking regular breaks for snacks, water, or taking pictures. Your trek duration also depends upon the landscape and that day's destination.

How long will it take to reach ABC?

Generally, it takes 7 to 11 days to reach ABC from Pokhara or even Kathmandu. It depends upon the itinerary you choose, mode of transportation & also weather situations.

Can I use the flight option for any local destination during the ABC trek?

Yes, you can. Pokhara is the starting and ending point for the trek. You can use local airlines to fly to and from Kathmandu to Pokhara at your own expense. The flight duration is about 20 minutes. 

Do I need any permits for ABC treks?

Yes. You will need the Trekkers Information Management Systems (TIMS) card and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) during the trek. 

Discovery World Trekking will get the permits for you (included in the package.). 

Do I need travel insurance for ABC or Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Travel insurance is compulsory. It must cover medical, and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high elevations.

What about the insurance of guides and porters?

All Discovery World Trekking staff members have insurance coverage, and in addition to salary, we also cover their meals, lodging, transportation, and necessary equipment costs during the trek.

Are children allowed at ABC?

There are no age restrictions for the ABC trek. If your kids are fairly active and can hike in higher elevations, you can take them to ABC. We advise families with kids to book a private trek.  

Is there any luggage limit for porter?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry combined 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). 

What is the weather condition at ABC?

The weather situation in ABC is quite unpredictable, but it is mostly easy to hike. Here are ABC weather data during spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

SeasonMonthsTemperature 
Spring March to May 17°C to 20°C 
SummerJune to August20°C to 25°C 
AutumnSeptember to November15°C to 17°C 
WinterDecember to February9°C to 15°C 

What documents do I need for trekking to ABC?

You need to submit the following documents via email after your advance deposit.

  • A copy of your passport
  • Passport size photos 
  • Flight details
  • Copy of travel insurance (should cover heli rescue and medical evacuation)

What is the accommodation on the trails of ABC like?

During the ABC trekking, you will be mostly staying at teahouses/lodges offering twin sharing rooms and healthy local food. The squat toilets may be outside the room or house. Hot showers/running water are available at extra cost at these places.

Are meals easily available on the trek to ABC?

The meals during the trek are very convenient and nutritious, but the options are few compared to cities. Your meal options include western meals, chapati, rice, local tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, various soups like Sherpa stew steaks, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, and thukpa. 

Discovery World Trekking will arrange hygenic meals in special areas for its guests.

Is the drinking water safe on the trails to ABC?

Bottled water is easily available at a low cost. But you cannot use plastic bottles in the Annapurna region. So, you have to drink boiled or filtered water in those areas. It is better to use water purification drops or tablets, which you can bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Discovery World Trekking also provides water purifier pills.

I am a vegetarian. Can I get enough meals during the trek?

Discovery World Trekking doesn't recommend non-veg items during the trek as meat in trekking regions may not be hygienic. Discovery World Trekking also encourages you to avoid dairy, cheesy items, and alcoholic drinks during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both - vegans and vegetarians.

Is there an airport pick-up service by the company?

You will see a Discovery World Trekking representative welcoming you outside the Tribhuvan International Airport arrival lounge holding a pamphlet with your name on it. S/he will take you to your selected hotel in a private vehicle.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking has cancellation and refund policies. Please visit our terms and conditions page for more information.

What is the booking and payment method for ABC Trek?

We require a 10% advance for confirming the booking, which you can pay by bank transfer, western union, or online through our site. You can pay the rest of the trip cost in cash, by bank transfer, western union, or using a credit card. We will email you payment details- including modes of payment available. 

Is tipping necessary for porters and guides?

Porters and guides form a big part of your successful trek. So tipping is a way to appreciate their service to you. However, it is totally at your discretion. 

Can I buy gear in Nepal for ABC Trek?

Yes. Discovery World Trekking can introduce you to dozens of stores selling knock-off gears in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at these knock-off stores. Just make sure to keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can choose to rent the needed gear, if you do not want to buy them.

Is internet available on the ABC route?

Yes, internet access is available in most hotels/lodges/tea houses where you will be staying. You just need to pay a service charge. 

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